Peperomia Tetragona

Peperomia Tetragona

$4.50 inc. GST

Pot Measurement : Approx. 8cm(Ø) x 7cm(H)

The Peperomia is a beautiful houseplant that grows naturally in South Africa and some parts of Africa. In the rest of the world, this plant is grown as a houseplant where it is loved for its beautiful leaves. There are over 1,000 varieties of this plant that are closely related to the pepper plant. They often look great when put in a simple white mid-century planter.

PLANT CARE

Soil

  • These plants generally have a small root system making them ideal for dish gardens and other indoor pots.
  • The best soil for these plants is a mixture of 50 percent peat moss and 50 percent perlite.
  • Mixing fine gravel into the soil helps these plant’s roots get the air it needs to thrive.
  • When grown indoors, they do better when they are over planted than under, so there is no need to change pots often as your plant grows.
  • They can also be grown on top of damp moss.
  • Many varieties do very well when grown outdoors as a ground covers in well-aerated soil.

Light

  • If you are growing peperomia as a houseplant, then avoid putting them in extremely sunny areas or in extremely dark areas. Anywhere in the middle and they will be happy.
  • These plants even do well under fluorescent lights making them an ideal choice for the office and many different areas.
  • If your peperomia is growing slowly, then increase the amount of light that it is getting, but usually, the problem is that these plants are getting too much direct sunlight scorching their leaves.
  • When grown outside, these plants should be planted in the shade where they might get a little morning sunlight or sunlight filtered through tree branches.
  • Ideally, these plants do best when temperatures are kept between 55 and 75 degrees.
  • Most commercially available varieties are fine in any humidity.
  • If you notice dust building up on the leaves, then you may want to give them a quick mist to help knock off the dust.
  • A word of caution, these plants do not like cold drafts, so choose an area for your plant that has a constant temperature.

Watering

  • The peperomia does best when it is watered from its roots.
  • The plant’s soil should be dry before you water the plant again.
  • Therefore, if you are growing it as a houseplant, let it sit in a pan of water for a few minutes every seven to 10 days. It is important, especially during the winter, to not get the crown of this plant wet.
  • At the end of spring, give it one good watering from the top preferably under running water. This helps to remove salts that this plant builds up.
  • If you are growing peperomia outside, then water the plant when the soil is completely dry.
  • You should aim to water this plant deeply but infrequently.
  • There is no need to water this plant during the fall and winter.

Fertilizer

  • Your peperomia plant will thrive when it’s fertilized regularly with a 20-20-20 fertilizer containing equal parts of nitrogen, potassium and iron.
  • Dilute your fertilizer to half strength and apply it every two weeks during the spring and summer.
  • Reduce the rate to once a month in the fall and winter.
  • Be careful to not get the fertilizer on the leaves, but choose to apply it to the soil around the roots instead.

 

 

 

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